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Nazaire Demers - WWI

Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2022

NAZAIRE DEMERS, WHO DIED IN WWI Nazaire, son of Charles Demers and Dina Lemire was born on February 12, 1888 in Pierreville, Yamaska County, Qc. He emigrated to the United States with his parents shortly after the April 1891 census. At his recruitments to the armyin 1917 and 1918, he was registered as a paper manufacturer and lived in Holyoke, Massachusetts. On February 14, 1918, he left Springfield, Massachusetts via Boston for Montreal. He embarked on the Scandinavian on March 24, 1918 to arrive in England on April 3. He was assigned to the 23rd Battalion’s Canadian Reserve, stationed at the Bramshott, East Hampshire military camp before being transferred to the infantry of the 43rd Battalion of the Manitoba Regiment on August 26, 1918. Like 46 combat companions, Nazaire died on October 1, 1918 in France during the capture of the village of Tilloy. During the attack just beyond the Douai-Cambrai railway feed line, near a supply site of a German factory, he was killed by a shell. He is currently buried at Mill Switch British Cemetery, Tilloy-lez-Cambrai, Nord pas de Calais, France.